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50th anniversary of integration at Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WTVM) -

Today marks the 50th anniversary of racial integration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

On June 11, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in the auditorium door to stop two black students from registering for classes.

However, the U.S. Deputy Attorney General, the Alabama National Guard, and Federal Marshals confronted him and asked that he step aside and let the students in. Vivian Malone and James Hood were then able to register.

Many years after the event, Wallace changed his segregationist views and apologized for his actions. He died of septic shock in 1998.

A commemorative event is scheduled at the University today. Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to attend.

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